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New Mexico Preterm Birth Rate Statistics [Infographic]

Understanding Preterm Birth Rates

According to the latest statistics (2019) reported by the March of Dimes, Lea County has the highest rate of preterm births in New Mexico at 12%. The March of Dimes also reports that, overall, the rates of maternal death and premature birth (which is a leading contributor or infant death) is on the increase in the U.S. Here are the facts you should know.

Here are some statistics on how preterm births in New Mexico:

  • 9.8% of live births between 2008 and 2018 were preterm.
  • The preterm birth rate among black women is 29% higher than the rate of all other women.
  • The average percentage of live births between 2015 and 2017 based on race/ethnicity:
    • Asian/Pacific Islander - 9.1%
    • Hispanic - 9.8%
    • White - 9.8%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native 10.1%
    • Black - 12.6%
  • Preterm Birth Rates by Counties and Cities:
    • Lea - 12%
    • Santa Fe - 11.1%
    • Sandoval - 10.3%
    • Albuquerque - 10.2%
    • Bernalillo - 10.1%
    • Dona Ana - 9.3%

Each year, 150,000 babies in the U.S. are born to mothers living in maternity care deserts or communities without hospitals offering obstetric care.

Did Your Baby Suffer a Birth Injury? We Are Here For You.

Premature babies can be subjected to a lifetime of medical complications. If your baby was born preterm and suffered a birth injury as a result of medical negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation to hold medical professionals accountable for their careless acts.

At Bandas Law Firm, P.C., we understand how scary and stressful having a premature baby can be. We are here to help you gain peace of mind knowing your child's future care and medical needs are covered.

Contact us today at (505) 393-6303 to learn how we can assist you.